Water castle ideal draw to mall

Dianne Dempsey | Bendigo Weekly | 11-Jan-2018

Joe takes a leap.

The Hargreaves Mall was overflowing on Tuesday with children, parents and tourists who took advantage of the warm weather and a free water jumping castle, courtesy of the City of Greater Bendigo.

Children lined up in their bathers, while their parents stood at the ready with the towels.

Many of the children also took advantage of a second jumping castle which didn’t have water. 

Other popular spots in the mall were the shady playground area as well as the permanent water features.

For many years now local business owners have tried desperately to fill the mall with people. 

It would seem the answer could be as simple as a free water activity.

Parents were also taking the opportunity to do some shopping while other family members and friends supervised the children.

Tourists Lindy Lamb and her mother Julie Lamb particularly enjoyed sitting in the shade watching the children use the playground area.

While they have been doing a road trip around Victoria, they said their main aim in coming to Bendigo was to visit the Chinese Museum.

“My father is Chinese from Hong Kong,” Lindy Lamb said. 

“He was fascinated by the Golden Dragon Museum as well as the Joss House Temple.”

Julie Lamb, who is from Darwin, was impressed by Bendigo’s wide streets and beautiful old buildings.

John Carnaby, from the Mornington Peninsula, was with his granddaughters, Ivy and Lola Barlet.

“We’re staying at the Golden Nugget Caravan Park and so far the children’s favourite spot has been the aquatic centre,” Mr Carnaby said.

Two popular attractions for Elif Cetiner and her son Solomon were the Bendigo Botanical Gardens and Lake Weeroona.    

“My husband suggested we come to Bendigo so we’re staying here for three nights,” Ms Cetiner said.

“Solomon’s having a great time.” 


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